One skill I’ve been working on lately is to turn off the little voice in my head that likes to analyse the language of the book I’m reading. Many hours spent cramming in the library at University, desperately searching for a new meaning to an author’s metaphor had taken out the joy of reading. So, now I have decided to read for reading’s sake and enjoy the story, the characters, the intrigue and the act of reading over trying to apply Barthe’s article ‘Death of the Author’ to every page.
My plan went rather well on holiday as I immersed myself in Margaret Atwood’s gripping Handmaid’s Tale. One of the best dystopian future visions I have ever read. I felt that time was running out for the heroine’s biological clock as the story reached it’s crescendo. Not necessarily a light holiday read, as you won’t be able to remove yourself from your sun lounger until you close it for good.
I have just finished Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks and it is a strong contender for my top ten favourite books of all time. Her prose is vivid, varied and mesmeric. I found myself instantly sucked in to the tiny village being torn apart by the godless Plague. Again perhaps not a relaxing beach read but an excellent study of human behaviour in a crisis.
Next on my summer reading list is Diving Belles by Lucy Wood, her first novel and a collection of short stories, which received a fantastic review in June’s edition of Marie Claire magazine.
My summer reading list:
1) Diving Belles by Lucy Wood
2) Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel-with a 200 waiting list at the Idea Store Canary Wharf I think I might have to buy it!
3) American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis-the film scared me silly I bet the book will be even more frightening!
4) The Sea by John Banville
If you have any other reading suggestions please let me know!